One of Australia’s finest contemporary jazz composers and players, Sandy Evans, along with bassist Brett Hirst and drummer Hamish Stuart will perform at the Memorial Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 6pm, as part of the Bellingen Fine Music Festival.
Sandy will also be conducting a sax/brass workshop on Sunday morning 9am at the Youth Hub.
In 2000 Evans was seen by a worldwide television audience playing from the roof of the Sydney Opera House at the dawn of the new millennium. In 2002, her composition ‘Testimony’ - about the life of sax giant Charlie Parker - was premiered by the Australian Art Orchestra in the Opera House’s Concert Hall.
She was awarded a PhD from Macquarie University in 2014 for her research into intercultural Indian music, and received a Churchill Fellowship to visit India.
“My interest in Carnatic [South Indian] music dates back to 1996 when I toured there with the Art Orchestra,” Sandy said.
“Since then I’ve continued that study and have performed in Australia, India and Europe with musicians who share an interest in developing a meaningful fusion of Indian and Western ideas.”
Currently a Jazz lecturer at the UNSW, she’s always been dedicated to encouraging women to be involved in jazz.
“Back in 2002 SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association) helped me start a series of jazz workshops for young women, as I noticed that the numbers involved in performing professionally weren’t growing. While I’m no longer directing them, those workshops are still running today and have been very successful.”
Details and bookings at: www.bellingenmusicfestival.com.au